Discussions Questions about Honesty

Honesty means to not lie or deceive people. It means that we tell the truth and do not hide things from others.

We can be honest with our friends because they are trustworthy and won’t judge us for telling them the truth.

These are some discussion questions about honesty:

  • What’s your definition of honesty?
  • Do you think that you are an honest person?
  • How do you know when you can trust someone?
  • Is it ever okay to lie? When would that be?

Let’s explore what honesty is through a series of questions that will help you become more familiar with this value.

Questions about Honesty

These are some key questions about honesty that you can ask yourself or explore with students and classmates.

You can provide this link to your students in advance so they can prepare and gather their thoughts about some of them

Discussion Questions: Part I

This is the first set of discussion question about honesty

  1. What’s your definition of honesty?
  2. Do you think that you are an honest person?
  3. How do you know when you can trust someone?
  4. How would you feel if someone lies to you?
  5. How do you feel when you don’t trust someone?
  6. What are the benefits of being a trustworthy person?
  7. What do you look for in someone so you know you can trust him/her?
  8. How important is honesty in your country?

Discussion Questions: Part II

This is the second set of discussion question about honesty

  1. What makes a person trustworthy?
  2. How do you define a “lie”?
  3. Is it ever okay to lie? When would that be?
  4. What is a white lie?
  5. What’s a black lie?
  6. Do you tell white lies?
  7. When was the last time you told a white lie?
  8. What is the biggest lie you’ve ever told?

Discussion Questions: Part III

This is the third set of discussion question about honesty

  1. Have you ever been lied to by someone you care about?
  2. Are there any people that you don’t trust? why don’t you trust them?
  3. When is dishonesty justifiable?
  4. What can you lose by being dishonest?
  5. What can you gain from being honest?
  6. Do you distance yourself from people who are dishonest?
  7. Have you ever been caught out telling a lie? How did the person react?
  8. Have you ever caught anyone out lying to you? What did you do?

More ESL Conversation Questions

If you are looking for more resources to practice your English skills or have meaningful conversations with your students, I’ve compiled a list of some posts with conversation questions.

Check them out before your leave:

  1. Questions about Languages
  2. 50 Discussion Questions about Crime
  3. 30 Hotel Conversation Questions
  4. Beach Conversation Questions
  5. Christmas Conversation Questions
  6. Conversation Questions about Books
  7. 70 Questions about Love: Dating & Marriage

What other conversation starters or questions would you include to help someone be more honest?

If you come up with other questions about honesty, feel free to share them on my board.

Manuel Campos, English Professor

Manuel Campos

I am Jose Manuel, English professor and creator of EnglishPost.org, a blog whose mission is to share lessons for those who want to learn and improve their English